Hey, Chick!

Hello!

One of the most popular items from this year's Sale-A-Bration product offering is the Hey, Chick! stamp set.  I wasn't too sure about it when I first saw it as I'm not a big fan of chickens; but the more I looked at these ladies, the more I liked them.  They are just too fun!

For this card, I wanted to highlight the chicken with the crazy top feathers and decided to go back to the basics with the stamping.

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This card begins with a card base of Early Espresso.  The card front was randomly stamped with the small splotches image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Early Espresso ink.  

Now for the chickens from the Hey, Chick! stamp set.  A panel of Tip Top Taupe was stamped with the hen looking down on the right and left sides of the panel and the hen looking over her shoulder to the right of center.  Note that the hen on the right has only her front half stamped on the panel.  The hens were stamped with Early Espresso ink.  A length of Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched ribbon was wrapped around the lower part of the panel and tied in a knot on the right side.  The panel was adhered to the card front with the bottom edge of the panel 5/8" from the bottom edge of the card front.  The "hey, chick!" greeting was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched with the Classic Label punch so that the greeting is the right side of the punch window.  The greeting was adhered to the Tip Top Taupe panel with the top edge of the punched greeting 3/8" from the top right edge of the panel and the remainder of the label cut off with Paper Snips flush with the right edge of the panel.

The chicken with the crazy top feathers was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The hen was colored with Watercolor Pencils using the Blender Pen.  The colors used were Early Espresso, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Gray (for shading).  The chicken was die cut with the Big Shot using the an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  A slightly larger oval was die cut with the Big Shot from Peekaboo Peach cardstock using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The stitched oval was adhered at the center of the Peekaboo Peach oval and adhered over the Tip Top Taupe panel with Stampin' Dimensionals with the right edge of the outer oval 1/2" from the left edge of the card front. 

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The small splotches image, from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, was stamped across the bottom area of the liner using Early Espresso ink.  The egg image, from the Hey, Chick! stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The ink was colored with Watercolor Pencils and the Blender Pen using Pumpkin Pie for the legs and Basic Gray for the shading on the egg.  The "you're a good egg!" sentiment was stamped below the egg using Early Espresso ink.

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The hen with the crazy top feathers was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The hen was colored with Watercolor Pencils and the Blender Pen using Early Espresso, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Gray (for shading).

This card was one of the projects for my February Stamp Clubs.  The stamp club members had fun coloring the chicken with the crazy top feathers to make her very unique for their own projects by making the top feathers and tail feathers a wide range and mix of colors.  There were some seriously funky chickens when the cards were finished!  

You can earn this stamp set for FREE with a merchandise order of $50 USD, but only until the end of March.  After March 31st, these chickens are no longer available.  To see the complete line up of products you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration, be sure to go to my on-line store.  This week, three more items were added:  a 6" x 6" stack of Glimmer Paper, a reverse words stamp set, and a medallion builder set.  They are awesome!

Card Measurements -- 

Early Espresso:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Peekaboo Peach:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2"; Tip Top Taupe:  2-1/4" x 4-1/4"; Whisper White:  5/8" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon:  12"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Hey, Chick!, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks:  Early Espresso, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Sunshine Sayings -- Congrats (Again)

Hi There!

Today's post presents another version of a card created for a recent Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  The basic card design for both cards is the same, the difference is in the Designer Series Paper and embellishments.  To see the original version, click here.

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This card begins with a card base of Watermelon Wonder.  A panel of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of a slightly larger panel of Crumb Cake cardstock.  5/8" Burlap ribbon was wrapped around the panels with the bottom edge of the ribbon approximately 3/4" from the bottom of the Designer Series Paper.  The ends of the ribbon were adhered behind the Crumb Cake cardstock using Mini Glue Dots (the Burlap ribbon needs the extra oomph of the adhesive in the Mini Glue Dots to anchor the ribbon).  The panels were adhered at the center of the card front.

The "On One More Year" sentiment, from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with a banner tail cut into the right end of the cardstock.  The banner was adhered to the Burlap ribbon using Mini Glue Dots with the left end of the banner flush with the left side of the Burlap ribbon.  A bow was created from a piece of Gold 1/4" Natural Trim (bunny ear bow) and adhered at the left side of the banner using Mini Glue Dots.

A Lace Doily (vanilla side facing up) was adhered at the upper center of the card front.  A 2-1/8" circle was die cut with the Big Shot from Watermelon Wonder cardstock using the Layering Circles Framelits and adhered at the center of the Lace Doily.  

The "congrats" thinlit was used to die cut three pieces of Crumb Cake cardstock.  The three pieces were adhered, one on top of the other, using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  Gold Wink of Stella Brush Ink was painted over the top layer of the stacked "congrats".  The greeting was adhered at an angle across the upper center of the card front using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A strip of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered along the left edge of the liner.  The smudge image, from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Crumb Cake ink.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment was stamped over the smudge using Watermelon Wonder ink.

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The smudge image, from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Crumb Cake Envelope using Crumb Cake ink.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment was stamped over the smudge using Watermelon Wonder ink.

When I designed the cards for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop for the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, I liked the stacked cardstock technique so much that I wanted to share it with my stamp clubs.  I didn't have enough of the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper that I used for the first card so I had to regroup a bit with the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  So which version do you like best?  The Pop of Pink version or the Affectionately Yours version?

Card Measurements --

Crumb Cake:  4" x 5-1/4", 3 @ 1-1/2" x 4-1/4"; Watermelon Wonder:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  1/2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper:  3-3/4" x 5", 5/8" x 5-1/4"; Burlap ribbon:  5-1/2"; Gold 1/4" Natural Trim:  6"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Sunshine Sayings; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Wink of Stella Brush Ink Gold; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper; Embellishments:  5/8" Burlap ribbon, Gold 1/4" Natural Trim, Lace Doilies; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and/or Precision Base Plate, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Crumb Cake Envelope


Sunshine Sayings -- Love Is On Its Way

Hello!

Today's post is a follow-up from last week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  I hope you've taken the time to travel through all the stops on the blog hop to see all the amazing ideas using this very versatile stamp set and the coordinating Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

We all have difficult periods in our lives that challenge us in unexpected ways.  At these times, most of us tend to "burrow in" and try to tackle the problems on our own rather than "impose" upon our loved ones for assistance and/or a listening ear.  More often than not, it's these times when we should reach out to our loved ones.  This card contains a reminder to the recipient that they are not alone and that whatever help is required is there but for the asking.  It takes courage to ask, though.  I hope that when you are feeling overwhelmed, feeling lost and alone, or need a helping hand you will have the courage to ask for the help you need.  Challenges are more easily overcome when they are shared.

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This card begins with a card base of Mint Macaron.  A panel of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered at the center of the card front.

The flower thinlit, from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, was die cut with the Big Shot using Crushed Curry cardstock for the flower petals part of the thinlit and then a second time using Garden Green cardstock for the stem and for the butterfly thinlit.  The stem was trimmed and adhered at the base of the flower petals using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The combined flower was adhered to a piece of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The die cut butterfly was cut in half with Paper Snips and the halves adhered along the flower stem using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.

Crumb Cake cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using a framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits.  The watercolor smudge image, from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, was stamped at the center of the framelit using Crumb Cake ink.  The phrase, "Is On Its Way" was stamped near the lower left corner of the framelit using Garden Green ink.  The "love" thinlit, from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, was die cut with the Big Shot using Crushed Curry cardstock and adhered to the Crumb Cake label using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  Holes were punched at the left and right sides of the label using the 1/8" handheld circle punch.  A piece of Gold 3/8" Metallic ribbon (from the Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack available only during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order) was threaded through the holes in the label, wrapped around the paper with the label near the lower left side of the paper (place a couple of Mini Glue Dots on the back of the label to help anchor the label to the paper) and the ribbon knotted at the right side of the label.  The Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered to the Gold Foil Sheets so that the top and bottom edges of the paper are flush with the top and bottom edges of the Gold Foil and there are 1/8" borders of Gold Foil Sheets extending beyond the left and right edges of the paper.  

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The inside sentiment area of the card base was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A narrow strip of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered along the back right side of a strip of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The paper was adhered along the left edge of the liner.  The watercolor smudge image was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Crumb Cake ink.  The message of assistance, from the Sending Thoughts stamp set, was stamped over the watercolor smudge using Garden Green ink.  I just love the beautiful sentiments in the Sending Thoughts stamp set.  They are just perfect when you need to send a heartfelt message of encouragement.

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A piece of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The paper was trimmed to match the edges of the envelope flap using Paper Snips.

If you are aware of a loved one who seems to be struggling, send them a note of encouragement.  Sometimes knowing that there's someone "out there" who's ready to be available to their needs can make all the difference in their ability to successfully overcome their challenges.

Card Measurements --

Crumb Cake:  2" x 3"; Crushed Curry:  2-1/2" x 3", 2" x 3-1/2"; Garden Green:  3" x 4"; Mint Macaron:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4", 3/8" x 5-1/4"; 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Gold):  12"; Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper:  3-3/4" x 5-1/4", 5/8" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Sunshine Sayings, Sending Thoughts; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Garden Green; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Affectionately Yours Specialty; Embellishments:  3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration); Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1/8" handheld circle punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Plate and/or Precision Base Plate, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Lots of Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Sunshine Sayings -- Congrats On One More Year

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Today's post is a follow-up to Monday's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  We had quite a few participants for this hop and the ideas for using this very versatile stamp set with its coordinating Sunshine Wishes Thinlits are amazing.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

When you are part of a large family, one thing you can never have too many of is Birthday Cards.  In today's world, it's so easy to say "Happy Birthday" on Facebook or some other form of social media and I'll be the first to admit that this has been my go-to plan for some years.  The thing is, I design birthday cards, I promote the making of birthday cards, and I encourage people to mail birthday cards.  It would probably be a good thing for me to do the same, don't you think?  This year I am determined to empty the boxes of birthday cards I have stored in my craft room.  I didn't do too well with January, but I'm going to DO THIS!!  

I think this card is a great birthday card as it's a simple design and easy to replicate with all those random pieces of leftover paper you may have sitting around looking for a good home.

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This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of a panel of Melon Mambo cardstock adhered at the center of the card front.  A narrow strip of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered across the larger piece of paper with the bottom edge of the narrow strip 3/4" above the bottom edge of the larger piece.  A slightly narrower strip of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "On One More Year" phrase from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set using Basic Black Archival ink.  The left edge of the strip was adhered flush with the left center of the narrow strip of paper and a banner tail was cut into the right edge of the cardstock.  A "bunny ear bow" was tied from a piece of Gold 1/8" ribbon and adhered at the left side of the cardstock banner using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

A large, gold Metallic Foil Doily was adhered to the card front centered in the area above the narrow paper strip.  The "congrats" thinlit, from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, was die cut with the Big Shot three times from Melon Mambo cardstock.  The three die cuts were adhered, one on top of the other, using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  The stacked dies were adhered across the Metallic Foil Doily using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.

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A narrow strip of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhered near the top edge of the inside sentiment area of the card base.  The paint smudge image, from the Sunshine Wishes stamp set, was stamped at the upper center using Melon Mambo ink.  The "Happy Birthday" phrase was stamped over the smudge using Basic Black Archival ink.

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The paint smudge image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Melon Mambo ink.  The "Happy Birthday" phrase was stamped over the smudge using Basic Black Archival ink.

One of the Stampin' Up! Trainers, Shannon West, decided to get serious about mailing birthday cards last year.  She invited all of her Facebook friends to message her their address and birth date for just that purpose.  At the end of the year, she sent out more than 2000 birthday cards.  I think if Shannon can accomplish such an amazing goal, I should be able to send out birthday cards to my family.  Wish me luck!

Card Measurements --

Whisper White Thick:  4-1/4" x 11" scored along the 11" length; Melon Mambo:  4" x 5-1/4", 3 @ 1-1/2" x 4"; Whisper White:  7/16" x 2-5/8"; Basic Black:  3/4" x 4"; Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper:  3-3/4" x 5", 5/8" x 3-3/4", 5/8" x 3-7/8"; Gold 1/8" ribbon:  6"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Sunshine Wishes; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Melon Mambo; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Pop of Pink Speciality; Embellishments:  Gold 1/8" ribbon, Metallic Foil Doilies; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and/or Precision Base Plate, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Sunshine Sayings -- Take Heart

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Today's post is a follow-up to yesterday's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! artists contributing to this hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

Stamp sets with a bunch of words and phrases are always a great item for me because it makes creating a custom card so simple.  The Sunshine Sayings stamp set certainly provides this function because I can create a greeting or sentiment for any occasion.  

When I was thinking about a card to make for the blog hop, I was also worrying over a series of hurtful events that had occurred the day before and wondering how to resolve a seemingly unsolvable set of issues.  I knew that creating would help me to redirect my focus to something a whole lot more positive, so I kept telling myself to put the worries aside and think happy.  Then I saw this phrase in the Sunshine Sayings stamp set:  "Take Heart".  Yep.  That's what I needed to do.  Take Heart and let love point the way.  Once I came to that realization, the card pretty much made itself AND I was definitely in a happier place.

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This card begins with a card base of Sahara Sand.  The spiral flower center from the Botanical Blooms stamp set was randomly stamped on the card front using Versamark ink.  [I chose this image because it resembles the puffies at the end of the stems on the Designer Series Paper.]  A panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was adhered to the card front with the top, left, and right edges of the cardstock a smidge more than 1/4" from the top, left, and right edges of the card front.

A panel of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  The "Take Heart" phrase, from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, was stamped on a strip of Sahara Sand cardstock inked with the brush tip of a Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker.  A banner tail was cut on the left side of the phrase and the banner adhered to the Designer Series Paper with the right edge of the banner flush with the right edge of the paper and the bottom edge of the banner a smidge less than 1/2" from the bottom edge of the paper.

The heart thinlit, from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, was die cut four times from Very Vanilla cardstock using the Big Shot [the Precision Base Plate is definitely your friend for this die].  Each of the die cut hearts were adhered, one on top of the other, using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid glue.  Wink of Stella Clear brush ink was brushed over the top of stacked hearts.  

A length of Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon was threaded through the opening on the lower right side of the heart and folded around the Designer Series Paper/Sahara Sand panel so that the ends of the ribbon extend beyond the right side of the panel.  The heart was adhered to the Designer Series Paper using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid glue.  A piece of Linen Thread was used to tie the ends of the ribbon snug to the panel.  The panel was adhered to the card front at the center of the Very Vanilla cardstock.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "Everything Will Be OK" sentiment, from the Designer Tee Sale-A-Bration stamp set, was inked with the brush tips of Sahara Sand and Soft Sky Stampin' Write Markers and stamped near the upper center of the liner.  The "Just Give It Some Time" coordinating sentiment, also from the Designer Tee Sale-A-Bration stamp set, was inked with the brush tip of a Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker and stamped just below the first sentiment.

A thin strip of Sahara Sand cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a piece of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper so that a thin edge of Sahara Sand peeks above the paper.  This piece was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.

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A piece of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper was adhered over the flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope, lining up the top edge of the paper with the fold of the envelope flap.  The paper extending beyond the edges of the flap were trimmed off with Paper Snips.

I really like the simple but meaningful look of this card.  It reminds me that more often than not, the most difficult issues have the simplest solutions if you are just quiet and let your heart show you the answer.

Card Measurements --

Sahara Sand:  4-1/4" x 11 scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3-1/8" x 4-1/8", 1/2" x 1-3/4", 3/8" x 4"; Very Vanilla:  3-5/8" x 4-5/8", 4 @ 2-3/4" x 2-3/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper:  3" x 4", 1" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon:  8-1/2"; Linen Thread:  3"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Sunshine Sayings, Botanical Blooms, Designer Tee Sale-A-Bration; Inks:  Versamark, Wink of Stella Clear; Stampin' Write Markers:  Neutrals (Sahara Sand), Subtles (Soft Sky); Cardstock:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Falling In Love; Embellishments:  Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and/or Precision Base Plate, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope